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In The Cellar

The following are a list of red wines that are moderately priced and a sure compliment to your Cellar.  These red wines retail for approximately $55.00 or less. We have generally selected only new releases that are easier to locate and purchase.  The wines listed In The Cellar have been rated 90 and above by some of the most popular wine critics (i.e. Robert Parker, Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Stephen Tanzer, James Suckling, James Halliday, Vinous & Wine & Spirits).

(Wines denoted by *are priced over $55.00 however, they have been on our In The Cellar List for 18 years and will remain, vintages have been updated for your buying and tasting pleasure)

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Anderson Conn Valley Right Proprietary Red Napa 2008
Arrowood Cabernet 2004


*Barnett Cabernet
BR Cohn Sonoma Valley Olive Hill Estate Vineyards Cabernet 2009
BV Rutherford 2013
BV Tapestry 2010, 2012
Benziger Sonoma County Reserve Cabernet 2006, 2007, 2010
*Berringer Alluvium 1994 (consistently rated over 90)
Berringer Knight’s Valley 2013
Buehler Napa Valley Estate Cabernet 2010, 2012, 2014
Burgess Cabernet, Napa Valley Vintage Selection 1999, 2012


Chappellet Cabernet Napa Valley Signature 2014
Charles Krug Generations Cabernet 2013
Chateau Montelena Cabernet, Napa Valley 2013
*Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 1999
*Chimney Rock Cabernet, Napa Valley 2012
Clos Pegase Cabernet, Napa Valley 2007
*Corison Cabernet, Napa Valley 1997, 2006, 2012,2013
*Cornerstone Cabernet - 1996


Dry Creek Cabernet, Dry Creek Valley 2010, 2012
*Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet 2012, 2013
Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet 2012


Etude Cabernet, Napa Valley 2012


Ferrari-Carano Cabernet, Alexander Valley Vineyards of Tre Monte 1997
Flora Springs Trilogy, Napa Valley 2007 (*2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Foppiano Vineyards Estate Bottle Petite Sirah Russian River 2012
Forman Cabernets - Any Vintage in your price range
Franciscan Estate Magnificat Meritage Napa Valley 2012
Frank Family Cabernet 2012, 2013
Freemark Abbey Cabernet, Napa Valley '97
Frog’s Leap Merlot 2013


Girard Cabernet '97
Grigich Hills Merlot Napa 2012
Groth Cabernet, Napa Valley 2012/Reserve Cabernet 2012*
*Guenoc Cabernet, Napa Valley Beckstoffer IV Vineyard reserve '97


Heitz Cellar Cabernet, Napa Valley 2012 (not rated)
*Heitz Cellar “Martha’s Vineyard” Napa Valley Cabernet 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010
Paul Hobbs ‘Crossbarn” Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
*Paul Hobbs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Honig Cabernet, Napa Valley 2013


Iron Horse Cabernet, Alexander Valley T-T 1997, 2001, 2003


Justin Cabernet, Paso Robles 2014 (not rated)
*Justin Isosceles reserve, Paso Robles 2008


Lang & Reed Cabernet Franc ‘Two-Fourteen’ Napa Valley 2009
Lang & Reed Cabernet Franc ‘Right Bank’ Napa Valley 2007
Larkmead Cabernet, Napa Valley '97


Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Russian River 2013
Merryvale Cabernet Napa Valley 2010 (not rated)
*Merryvale “Profile” Napa Valley Bourdeaux Blend 1997, 2012
*Mondavi Reserve Cabernet, Napa Valley 2009
Mondavi Cabernet, Oakville 2013
*Mondavi Cabernet, Stags Leap District 2005, 2009
Mount Veeder Winery Napa Valley Cabernet 1994
Murphy-Goode Liar’s Dice Zinfandel 2012


*Napanook (Dominus) Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 2012, 2013
Ninety-Plus Cabernet Lot 94 Collector Series Rutherford 2014


Robert Pecota Cabernet, Kara's Vineyard '97
Peju Cabernet, Napa Valley 2012
*Peju Reserve Cabernet Franc (napa Valley) 2011
Joseph Phelps, Napa Valley Cabernet 2003, 2008, 2011 (*2002, *2010, *2013)
*Joseph Phelps Insignia 2011, 2013
Pine Ridge Estate Vineyards Cabernet 2010
*Pine Ridge Cabernet, Stags leap District 2010, 2012
*Pine Ridge Cabernet, Howell Mountain 2010, 2012
*Plumpjack Cabernet, Oakville 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001
Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet 2000
Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2003, 2004
Pride Mountain Vineyards Syrah 2001, 2005
Pride Mountain Vineyards Syrah, Sonoma County 2003, 2005


A. Rafanelli Cabernet, Dry Creek Valley 2011, 2013
*Raymond Generations 2009, 2012
Raymond Reserve Select Napa Valley Cabernet 2013
*Robert Craig Howell Mountain Cabernet 2013
*Robert Craig Mount Veeder Cabernet 2010
*Rodney Strong Rockaway Single Vineyard Cabernet 2012
Rombauer Cabernet, Napa Valley 2013


Saddleback Cabernet, Napa Valley 1997, 2009
St. Clement Cabernet Napa Valley 2010
St. Clement Oroppas Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
*Schweiger Cabernet, Spring Mountain District 2005
*Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet 1994
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars “Artemis” Cabernet 2013
Stag’s Leap Napa Valley Cabernet 2013
Stonegate Cabernet, Napa Valley 1997
*Swanson Cabernet, Alex’s Oakville Napa Valley 1997, 2005


Titus Cabernet, Napa Valley 2013
*Trinchero Signature Cabernet, Napa Valley 2008
*Trinchero Haystack Vineyard Cabernet “Atlas Peak Valley” 2010


Viader Proprietary Red 1999, 2000
*Viader Proprietary Red 1995, 1998, 1989, 1991, 1995, 2004
Von Strasser Cabernet, Diamond Mountain District 2012

WhiteHall Lane Cabernet, Napa Valley 2012
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